Women's Hoops Blog

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Monday, June 07, 2010

petrel at Swish Appeal has a question: Winning the old-fashioned way: can you win without the 3-pointer?

If there's anyone who knows about old-fashioned basketball, it's Marynell Meadors. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1961 and attended Middle Tennessee State University from 1962 to 1965. Meadors coached at Tennessee Tech before Pat Summitt even started coaching. (Her record at Tennessee Tech was 363-139 from 1970 to 1986). Put it this way: when Meadors wrote in her high school yearbook that her goal was to be a women's basketball coach (true story), Nancy Lieberman was a toddler.

The 3-point line has been a part of women's basketball since the NCAA 1987-88 season. And for the last 20 years it seems, basketball fans have been either praising a teams 3-point prowess or bemoaning that their favorite players can't hit from beyond the arc. "We went 2-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line! How are we going to win if we can't hit the three?" The question then becomes "Can the Atlanta Dream - the team coached by Marynell Meadors - go very far without hitting the 3-pointer?"